Just as we wonder about the seven man made architectural marvels, the Great Barrier Reef located in Australia is a natural wonder. This natural wonder is even visible from the outer space. Natural splendor is rich in bio-diversity and it is enlisted in the World Heritage list. Can you believe that it stretches towards the Papua New Guinea, all from Australian coast? This Reef is full of living organisms. At present trips to the Great Barrier Reef are immensely popular. One of the most enjoying trips is a camp trip on a nearby island and experiencing the splendor of the Great Barrier Reef from there. Let us see how and where can you camp beside the Reef?
Whitsunday Islands: There are plenty of camping sites all around Whitsunday, Hook and Henning. Added charm is the National Park located on the 53-square-kilometer Hook Island and there is the elevated Hook Peak. Some of the best spots for snorkeling and diving are located here.
Capricornia Cays: Three different coral cays are situated here. One of the biggest charms is the Lady Musgrave Island- this is an uninhabited island restricted for a maximum of 40 campers. To get a feeling of a castaway, take a trip of the Lady Musgrave Island.
Dunk Island: Here a National Park is located along with opportunities for kayaking, swimming and hiking. One of the most spectacular views is the range of blue waters of the island that is mostly noticed at the very first entry. Even various kinds of fishes are visible from above.
Fitzroy Island: Various resorts and a National Park are located just off the coast and corals float near it. This island is marked by a steep mountain peak which seems to just rise from the sea. Lots of activities can be undertaken here such as hiking through the walking trails amidst woodlands, diving and snorkeling through the coral strewn waters, camping etc. Although resorts are also available here, camping has separate charm.
Frankland Islands: Frankland Group National Park welcomes you with stunning, white sandy beaches and excellent opportunities for snorkeling. Campers have cheering news as both the two islands having camping options fall under rainforest zone- the Russell or the High Island.
Lizard Island: This Island is most comfortably reached by plane. This part welcomes you with abundant wildlife, stunning beaches and magnificent corals. Lizard Island has a rough, continental terrain comprised of rocky and dry mountains that give you ample options for bushwalking. This part of Australia has pristine parts of coral reefs.
Orpheus Island: This secluded Island is named after a Greek mythological character. Here there are superb fringing reefs and lush green tropical forests. Like the Lizard Island, this Island is also accessible by air. Originally Manbarra Aboriginals used to stay here. This island is mostly a National Park that conserves the macaranga trees having unique heart-shaped leaves and eucalyptus that grow upon volcanic eruptions.
As you are opting for a camping trip; depend on none other than you, that is be self-sufficient. Bring in enough water and food and a stove for making food. As weather can play tricks anytime, bring in extra ration. Book your campsite beforehand.
Popular ways to explore the Reef
Diving and snorkeling: One of the best ways to make acquaintances with water organisms is snorkeling or scuba diving. Wearing a mask and fin go splashing into the blue waters and see the colorful world of dazzling corals, tropical fishes, rays, sea turtles and sharks.
Boat excursions: Island resorts as well as coasts are places from where day trips start and stop at marked places (two or three in numbers). You can take a dive for two to three hours.
Live-aboards: If you want to take most of the diving then go on live-aboard boat trips. These cruise trips offer you to dive for more than thrice or fourth times and that too from remote corners of the Reef. Thrilling, night-time excursions are also possible.
Scenic flights: If you want to take a bird’s eye view of the Reef then go for a seaplane or helicopter tour. These trips are available from the Airlie Beach and during this flight you can also see tropical rainforest at the Green Island.
Reef Walking: Book a guided tour with an experienced naturalist and go for low-tide reef walking that lets you to know the marine life more closely.
Best time to visit
From the winter months of June to November with a soothing weather and good visibility rate, this part of the year is the best touring season.